Research course

Creative Writing

The University of Manchester · English and American Studies

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class honours degree (or its equivalent for overseas applicants) in English or a closely related area, plus the equivalent level of achievement in a recognised MA programme. We are happy, however, to consider applications from candidates with alternative qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD will require the student to develop their research skills and, to this end, they will be able to undertake a research skills audit and to attend seminars and workshops on research methods in the first year: in this way, students undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing will participate in School-wide training seminars which will develop useful research, teaching and IT skills, as well as seminars in relation to publication, authors' rights etc, which will be particularly useful to students of creative writing.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0 or TOEFL internet-based test score of 103.

Fees and funding

For subject areas that hold awards in particular years, UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC Block Grant Partnership competition (deadline 1st March). Applicants should discuss applying with their proposed supervisor as soon as possible. See the school website for current information, or contact the Admissions Administrator.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 3559